East Renfrewshire Neighbourhood Watch - Forum Kunena Site Syndication http://www.ernhw.org.uk/ Tue, 11 Aug 2020 03:13:04 +0000 Kunena 1.6 http://www.ernhw.org.uk/components/com_kunena/template/default/images/icons/rss.png East Renfrewshire Neighbourhood Watch - Forum http://www.ernhw.org.uk/ en-gb Subject: Licensing Committee Meeting - 18 August 2020 - by: RM64 http://www.ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46828-licensing-committee-meeting-18-august-2020#46828 http://www.ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46828-licensing-committee-meeting-18-august-2020#46828
You can read Agenda/Papers here(When Available) -

www.eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk/article/2609...ittee-11-August-2020]]>
Public Forum Mon, 10 Aug 2020 09:14:31 +0000
Subject: Audit and Scrutiny (Virtual) Meeting - Thursday, 13 August 2020 at 2.00 pm. - by: RM64 http://www.ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46827-audit-and-scrutiny-virtual-meeting-thursday-13-august-2020-at-200-pm#46827 http://www.ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46827-audit-and-scrutiny-virtual-meeting-thursday-13-august-2020-at-200-pm#46827 Council Headquarters, Eastwood Park, Giffnock, East Renfrewshire, G46 6UG
Phone: 0141 577 3000 Fax: 0141 577 3129
website: www.eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk
Date: 7 August 2020
When calling please ask for: Linda Hutchison (Tel. No 0141-577-8388)e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

TO: Councillors Stewart Miller (Chair), Barbara Grant (Vice-Chair), Angela Convery, Charlie Gilbert, Annette Ireland, Jim McLean and Jim Swift.

AUDIT AND SCRUTINY COMMITTEE

A meeting of the Audit and Scrutiny Committee will be held on

Thursday, 13 August 2020 at 2.00 pm.

The agenda of business is as listed below.

Please note this is a virtual meeting.

CAROLINE INNES
C INNES
DEPUTY CHIEF EXECUTIVE

AGENDA
1.Report apologies for absence.

2.Declarations of interest.

3.Chair’s Report.

4.Code of Corporate Governance - Report by Deputy Chief Executive (copy attached, pages 3 - 46).

5.Annual Treasury Management Report 2019/20 - Report by Head of Accountancy(copy attached, pages 47 - 60).

6.Withdrawal from the European - Joint Report by Director of Corporate &Community Services and Director of Environment (copy attached, pages 61 - 66).

7.Local External Audit Report - East Renfrewshire Council Management Report2019/20 - Oral Update on Progress by External Auditor.

8.National External Audit Report - Early Learning and Childcare Follow-Up -Report by Clerk (copy attached, pages 67 - 76).

9.Internal Audit Plan 2020/21 - Implementation Progress April to June 2020 andRevised Annual Plan - Report by Chief Auditor (copy attached, pages 77 - 88).

10.Public Sector Internal Audit Standards (PSIAS) Internal Self-Assessment -Report by Chief Auditor (copy attached, pages 89 - 94).

11.Internal Audit Annual Report 2019/20 - Report by Chief Auditor (copy attached,pages 95 - 110).

12.Committee’s Specialisation Arrangements for Dealing with Internal and External Audit Reports and Inspection Reports - Report by Clerk (copyattached, pages 111 - 114).

You can read the Agenda/Papers here -

www.eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk/audit-and-scrutiny-committee-130820]]>
Public Forum Mon, 10 Aug 2020 09:09:44 +0000
Subject: Cabinet Committee(Virtual) Meeting - Thursday, 13 August 2020 at 10.00am. - by: RM64 http://www.ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46826-cabinet-committeevirtual-meeting-thursday-13-august-2020-at-1000am#46826 http://www.ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46826-cabinet-committeevirtual-meeting-thursday-13-august-2020-at-1000am#46826 Headquarters, Eastwood Park, Giffnock, East Renfrewshire, G46 6UG
Phone: 0141 577 3000 Fax: 0141 577 3834
website: www.eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk
Date:31 July 2020
When calling please ask for: Paul O’Neil (Tel. No 0141-577-3011)e-mail: paul.o’ This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

TO: Councillors T Buchanan (Chair); C Bamforth; D Devlin; A Lafferty; C Merrick; and P O’Kane.

CABINET
A meeting of the Cabinet will be held on

Thursday, 13 August 2020 at 10.00am.

The agenda of business is as shown below.

Please note this is a virtual meeting.

Caroline Innes
C INNES
DEPUTY CHIEF EXECUTIVE

AGENDA
1.Report apologies for absence.

2.Declarations of Interest.

3.Joint Consultative Committee (First Tier) – Minute of Meeting of 13 February 2020(copy attached, pages 3 - 8).

4.Audit and Scrutiny Committee Investigation on Climate Change - Report by Chief Executive (copy attached, pages 9 - 38).

5.Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan - Report by Director of Environment(copy to follow).

6.East Renfrewshire Council Climate Change Report 2018/19 – Report by Director of Environment (copy to follow).

7.Freedom of Information - Council Performance for the Period January 2019 to March 2020 - Report by Chief Executive (copy attached, pages 39 - 48). 8./...

8.Local Child Poverty Action Report – Year 2 - Report by Deputy Chief Executive(copy attached, pages 49 - 94).

9.Financial Performance for the Year Ended 31 March 2020 - Report by Chief Financial Officer (copy attached, pages 95 - 96).

10.East Renfrewshire Economic Renewal Key Actions 2020/21 - Report by Director ofEnvironment (copy attached, pages 97 - 104).

11.Roads Resurfacing Works Programme 2020/21 - Report by Director ofEnvironment (copy attached, pages 105 - 112).


You can read Agenda/Papers here -

www.eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk/cabinet-130820]]>
Public Forum Mon, 10 Aug 2020 09:04:00 +0000
Subject: Why are Councillors and Council Officials keeping Minutes of 'Virtual' Council Meetings secret? - by: RM64 http://www.ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46813-why-are-councillors-and-council-officials-keeping-minutes-of-virtual-council-meetings-secret#46813 http://www.ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46813-why-are-councillors-and-council-officials-keeping-minutes-of-virtual-council-meetings-secret#46813 To: Daly, Eamonn < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >
Subject: RE: No Public Access to Council/Committee meetings - Minutes

Hi Eamonn

Would appreciate if you would let me know when the minutes for the recent Full Council and Committee Meetings

Full Council - 24 June 2020

Audit & Scrutiny - 25 June 2020

Planning Application - 25 June 2020

held with no public access and with no recording will be available.

Thanks


------ Original Message ------
From: "Daly, Eamonn" < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >
Sent: Friday, 26 Jun, 2020 At 16:45
Subject: RE: No Public Access to Council/Committee meetings - Minutes

Minutes will be drafted and made publicly available in due course.

A recording of the Planning Applications Committee will be available on the Planning Applications Committee webpage early next week.

Yours faithfully
Eamonn Daly
Democratic Services Manager
Department of Corporate and Community Services

------ Original Message ------
To: "Daly, Eamonn" < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >
Sent: Friday, 26 Jun, 2020 At 17:19
Subject: RE: No Public Access to Council/Committee meetings - Minutes

Hi Eamonn

Thanks for this.

Would appreciate if you can give an indication of the time you mean by 'due course' - next week, 2 weeks, 3 weeks, months?

A recording of the Planning Applications Committee to be made available is welcome progress.

Keep well.

Thanks




Sent: 29 June 2020 09:42
To: Hutchison, Linda < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >
Subject: RE: No Public Access to Council/Committee meetings - Minutes

Hi Linda

As Mr Daly became unavailable just after sending his email, would appreciate if you would give the below requested information.

Keep well.

Thanks


------ Original Message ------
From: "Hutchison, Linda" < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >
Sent: Friday, 3 Jul, 2020 At 15:54
Subject: RE: No Public Access to Council/Committee meetings - Minutes

Thank you for your email. Minutes are usually issued as part of the Agenda for the Council meeting. The next Council meeting is scheduled to take place on 9 September, so my understanding is that they will be published at 3pm on Friday, 4 September.

Kind regards

Linda Hutchison
Senior Committee Services Officer
Department of Corporate and Community Services

------ Original Message ------
To: "Hutchison, Linda" < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >
Sent: Friday, 3 Jul, 2020 At 16:16
Subject: RE: No Public Access to Council/Committee meetings - Minutes

Hi Linda

I have already been through this with Mr Daly.

These meetings were held without public access.

East Renfrewshire Council Residents/ Tax Payers had no access to these meetings.

It has been agreed that these are not normal times therefore normal timescales need not apply.

Minutes of previous 'virtual' meetings have been made available before normal timescales.

There is no reason why these minutes should not be made available now.

We should not be denied access until 3pm on Friday, 4 September to find out what transpired at these closed door meetings.

Your help with this will be much appreciated.

Thanks




Sent: 08 July 2020 15:24
To: Hutchison, Linda < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >
Subject: RE: No Public Access to Council/Committee meetings - Minutes

Hi Linda

Would appreciate update on access to these minutes where East Renfrewshire Council Residents/ Tax Payers had no access to the meetings.

As said, Minutes of previous 'virtual' meetings have been made available before normal timescales.

Thanks


------ Original Message ------
From: "Hutchison, Linda" < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >
Sent: Friday, 10 Jul, 2020 At 15:01
Subject: RE: No Public Access to Council/Committee meetings - Minutes

Thank you for your two most recent emails. As I indicated in my previous response, the Minutes you have referred to are to be published on Friday, 4 September.

I have copied Mr Daly into my reply for his information.

Kind regards

Linda
Linda Hutchison
Senior Committee Services Officer
Department of Corporate and Community Services


------ Original Message ------
To: "Hutchison, Linda" < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >
Sent: Monday, 13 Jul, 2020 At 11:00
Subject: RE: No Public Access to Council/Committee meetings - Minutes

Hi Linda

As you are aware other recent minutes have been published outwith this 'normal practice'.

Regarding publication of these previous minutes I wrote on 1 June -

'I'm glad that the Council has seen common sense and that you changed your mind regarding information not being available to East Renfrewshire Residents/Council Tax Payers until 19 June 2020.'

Not sure why you do not want to apply this common sense now?

It is disappointing that you have not given a reason why these minutes cannot be published before Friday 4 September 2020.

As these are abnormal times would appreciate that, as before common sense can be applied, this 'normal practice' put aside, and the minutes for these meetings published immediately


- Full Council - 24 June 2020

- Audit & Scrutiny - 25 June 2020.

In these abnormal times, it is just ridiculous and for no reason, to have to wait till Friday 4 September 2020(over 2 months) for public access to this information.

If they can be made available on 4 September 2020 there is no reason why they cannot be made available to residents/council tax payers now.

There was no public access to these meetings.

East Renfrewshire Council Residents/Council Tax Payers have no idea what transpired at these meetings and it would appear will not be able to find out until 4 September 2020(over 2 months since the meetings)

This is just ridiculous.

In the circumstances I think it reasonable to request -

If you cannot publish the minutes for these meetings now

- Full Council - 24 June 2020

- Audit & Scrutiny - 25 June 2020

then please take this as a Freedom of Information(FOI) request.

This FOI request concerns these meetings held with no public access

- Full Council - 24 June 2020

- Audit & Scrutiny - 25 June 2020.

There was no public access to these meetings.

East Renfrewshire Council Residents/Tax Payers were denied access to these meetings and have no idea what transpired at these meetings and it would appear will not be able to find out until 4 September 2020(over 2 months since the meetings).

In these abnormal times, It is just ridiculous to have to wait till Friday 4 September 2020(over 2 months) for public access to this information.

Please provide all recorded information regarding the minutes of these meetings.

This should include the minutes and any notes and/or audio recordings relating to the production of the minutes.

Any recordings(Video/Electronic/Audio) of these meetings should also be provided.

Electronic copies are acceptable to me.

Your help with this matter in giving the requested information is appreciated.

------ Original Message ------
From: "Grossart, Alison" < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >
Sent: Monday, 13 Jul, 2020 At 15:46
Subject: FOI/20/126 - FOI ENQUIRY RE COUNCIL MEETING MINUTES

Thank you for your request which was received today.

Although the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 allows us 20 working days to deal with enquiries, we aim to process them as soon as possible. Please be aware that there are a number of important exemptions under the Act, and that in some cases we have the right to make a charge for dealing with enquiries.

We will contact you again once we are in a position to answer your enquiry.

Yours faithfully,

ALISON GROSSART
Secretary, Corporate & Community Services]]>
Public Forum Sat, 01 Aug 2020 19:39:43 +0000
Subject: Scottish Government hate crime bill - Widespread concern over its implications for free expression - by: RM64 http://www.ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46810-scottish-government-hate-crime-bill-widespread-concern-over-its-implications-for-free-expression#46810 http://www.ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46810-scottish-government-hate-crime-bill-widespread-concern-over-its-implications-for-free-expression#46810
www.secularism.org.uk/news/2020/07/wides...mpt-rethink-says-nss


Widespread concern over hate crime bill must prompt rethink, says NSS

Posted: Wed, 29 Jul 2020

The National Secular Society has reiterated its call for a rethink of a hate crime bill in Scotland amid mounting concerns over its implications for free expression.

A consultation on the bill closed last Friday, prompting criticism from police representatives, legal experts, opposition politicians, press freedom advocates and others.

The NSS, which was among the first to raise the alarm over the bill, has warned that the plans are too censorious in response to the consultation.

The NSS and many others have expressed particular concern over plans to criminalise behaviour which is "threatening or abusive" and intended or "likely" to stir up hatred on various grounds, including religion.

A new campaign supported by the NSS, Free to Disagree, is urging a rethink of the bill.

And this week the Scottish parliament's justice committee, which held the consultation, suggested it had received a high volume of responses.

Police Federation criticism

The Scottish Police Federation made a particularly stinging criticism, warning that the bill would "see officers policing speech" and "devastate the legitimacy of the police in the eyes of the public".

The federation, which represents 98% of police officers in Scotland, also warned that the bill:

- "sits uncomfortably" with human rights legislation regarding the right to a fair trial;

- would lead to a significant increase in police workload;

- would mean police requiring extra training, costing £3.5-4m at "a very conservative estimate".

The federation added: "We should never forget that the police in Scotland police only with the consent of the people.

"Police officers are all too aware that there are individuals in society who believe that to feel insulted or offended is a police matter."

Cross-party criticism from politicians

In a column in the Scottish Daily Mail on Wednesday the shadow justice secretary Liam Kerr, of the Scottish Conservatives, urged the government to rethink the 'stirring up hatred' provisions in the bill.

In his submission to the consultation, Scottish Labour's justice spokesperson James Kelly expressed "serious reservations" over the proposed introduction of 'stirring up hatred' offences.

The bill has also faced criticism from Jim Sillars, a former deputy leader of Yousaf's own Scottish National Party.

Other criticism

In this weekend's Sunday Times, columnist Alex Massie wrote: "Publishing cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad would, I suspect, lead to their publisher being investigated by the police." He noted the lack of solidarity with Salman Rushdie over the Satanic Verses affair and Charlie Hebdo when its cartoonists were murdered.

On Monday the Law Society of Scotland said it had warned of "major flaws" in the bill in its consultation submission, adding that the criminal threshold on 'stirring up hatred' was too low.

Elsewhere lawyers have warned that the bill would bring "unintended consequences" and make it too difficult to know when a crime has been committed.

The Scottish Newspaper Society and the News Media Association have warned that the bill poses a threat to press freedom.

Minister hints at compromise

Amid the criticism Scotland's justice minister Humza Yousaf has hinted at the possibility of compromise.

On Friday he defended the bill on Twitter, writing: "Surely we can agree the law should protect ppl from threatening or abusive behaviour that will stir up hatred against them?"

But he added: "As I have done with every bill I have ever taken through the parliament, I will look for common ground & where necessary offer compromise."

NSS comment

NSS chief executive Stephen Evans said the "deluge" of criticism of the bill should "be a wake-up call for those responsible for it".

"The Scottish government should now realise that this bill would significantly undermine freedom of expression and press freedom, fuel demands for censorship and impede the functioning of the police and legal system.

"We welcome the justice minister's suggestion that he may be prepared to compromise. We urge him to take another look at the bill and address the concerns that have been raised in response to this consultation."

Concerns raised in 2018

Last week it also emerged that an independent body which promotes access to justice had raised concerns of the potential impact of introducing 'stirring up hatred' offences in 2018.

The Faculty of Advocates had warned that "legitimate criticism could be construed as stirring up hatred" in response to a consultation on the widening of hate crime legislation.

The Free to Disagree campaign has also published a lengthy list of the concerns which have been raised over the bill.]]>
Public Forum Sat, 01 Aug 2020 14:16:28 +0000
Subject: Planning Application Committee - 'Virtual' Meeting Wed 5/8/2020 2.00pm - Installation of a multi-use pitch Netherlee Primary School - by: RM64 http://www.ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46807-planning-application-committee-virtual-meeting-wed-582020-200pm-installation-of-a-multi-use-pitch-netherlee-primary-school#46807 http://www.ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46807-planning-application-committee-virtual-meeting-wed-582020-200pm-installation-of-a-multi-use-pitch-netherlee-primary-school#46807 Council Headquarters, Eastwood Park, Giffnock, East Renfrewshire, G46 6UG
Phone: 0141 577 3000
Fax: 0141 577 3834
website: www.eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk
Date: 31 July 2020
When calling please ask for: Paul O’Neil (Tel No. 0141 577 3011)
e-mail:- paul.o’ This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
TO: Councillors A Ireland (Chair), B Cunningham (Vice Chair), A Convery, J Fletcher,J McLean, S Miller and J Swift.

PLANNING APPLICATIONS COMMITTEE

A meeting of the Planning Applications Committee will be held on Wednesday, 5 August 2020 at 2.00pm.

The agenda of business is as shown below.

Please note this is a virtual meeting.

Caroline Innes
C INNES
DEPUTY CHIEF EXECUTIVE
1.Report apologies for absence.
2.Declarations of Interest.
3.Application for planning permission for consideration by the committee – Report by Director of Environment (copy attached, pages 3 - 20).


Reference No: 2020/0018/TP
Ward: 4

Applicant:
East Renfrewshire Council
Education Department
Council Headquarters
Eastwood Park
Rouken Glen Road
Giffnock
East Renfrewshire Council
G46 6UG

Agent:
Holmes Miller
89 Minerva Street
Glasgow
Scotland
G3 8LE

Site:
Netherlee Primary School
Clarkston Road
Netherlee
East Renfrewshire
G44 3SF

Description:

Installation of a multi-use games pitch with erection of fencing and floodlighting


You can read Committee details here -

www.eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk/planning-app...ons-committee-050820

You can read the agenda here -

www.eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk/media/1731/P...m=637317878351200000

You can read the papers here -

www.eastrenfrewshire.gov.uk/media/1730/P...m=637317874423170000]]>
Public Forum Sat, 01 Aug 2020 09:02:38 +0000
Subject: Council Virtual/Video/remote Meetings - by: RM64 http://www.ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46794-council-virtualvideoremote-meetings?limit=6&start=6#46794 http://www.ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46794-council-virtualvideoremote-meetings?limit=6&start=6#46794 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >
27/04/2020 12:54

Caroline, Eamonn,

Given we are getting into more of a pattern around running the council during a pandemic and that this situation won’t be over in the next month or so, I thought it might be useful to have a think about how we could get back to something like normality in terms of governance.

We were due a council meeting this week and the next one after that is the end of June so I wondered if we could consider moving back to having the full Council on that date, even if it is still virtual. We would then be into recess and could start with the new normal (whatever that is?) in August.

We also have an Education committee in mid June and it might be worth thinking about whether the plans for education after summer could go to that. There is an IJB at the end of June and it might be good to get some form of IJB ( lite!) going again as well.

I know a planning applications committee will need to go ahead as well.

Like with the lockdown, I think it would be good to have a forward plan agreed so we don’t leave a vacuum.

Can you have a think and then maybe the 3 of us can have a chat.

Regards
Lorraine


From: Daly, Eamonn
Sent: 13 May 2020 09:34
To: McMillan, Lorraine < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >
Subject: FW: East Renfrewshire Council Emergencies Committee Meeting Thursday 14 May 2020 - Public access
 
Morning Lorraine
 
I’ve received the email below from [name]
 
There is no intention to broadcast meetings live as [name] suggests.
 
I’ve spoken to Renfrewshire – their Board is a virtual meeting. They don’t put it out live but they do record it and put it out after the event.  The link [name] has sent in [name] email is not working
 
You will recall that we have discussed the possibility of recording Teams meetings and took the view that we shouldn’t but I was wondering if that’s something we should reconsider for committee meetings?
 
If so we would be able to publish the recording after the meeting.
 
We would need to speak to the 3 Leaders to get their agreement too before going ahead.
 
If you want I can contact them about this.
 
I haven’t responded to [name] yet.
 
Eamonn
 
Sent: 12 May 2020 16:38
To: Daly, Eamonn < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >
Subject: East Renfrewshire Council Emergencies Committee Meeting Thursday 14 May 2020 - Public access
 
Hi Eamonn
 
I hope you are keeping well.
 
I understand that on the 14th May 2020 the East Renfrewshire Council Emergencies Committee will be meeting to discuss the return of full council and committee meetings allowing Councillors to take up their roles once again to scrutinise Council policies and decision making.
 
Would appreciate that you confirm that this meeting will be available 'live' (and for subsequent viewing) for East Renfrewshire Residents/Council Tax Payers on the current Council webcast platform and/or the current available video platforms as used by other councils such as Renfrewshire Council.
 
You can view Renfrewshire Council Emergency meetings here -

www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/article/10204/Emergencies-Board
 
Keep well.
 
Thanks

From: McMillan, Lorraine
Sent: 13 May 2020 10:18
To: Daly, Eamonn < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >
Subject: RE: East Renfrewshire Council Emergencies Committee Meeting Thursday 14 May 2020 - Public access
 
Eamonn, I think we need to work towards either a live broadcast or a recorded version going on line at some point.

However having spoken to Murray we cannot do that immediately.  We will more than likely go with a recorded version first then move on to a live broadcast but it will take a little while to get the technology right.
 
Through the digital office, Murray has been at events on best practise with Perth and Kinross (the most advanced council) and I know he is looking at how they have been broadcasting their meetings but it is an intensive process.
 
Given you have confirmed that the emergency legislation allows us to hold the meeting in private can I suggest that we go ahead with the first meeting without recording but let[name] know that we are working towards recording or live streaming.
 
Regards
Lorraine

From: Daly, Eamonn < This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it >
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Subject: Restarting meetings
 
Dear Councillors
 
As you will be aware from Graeme Smith’s email yesterday, it has been agreed to resume meetings.
 
The timetable of meetings is as follows.
 
Planning Applications Committee – 10 June
 
In the event the major application in relation to the former Nestle site will be ready for consideration at the end of June, the 10 June meeting will not go ahead and the rescheduled meeting will take place on 25 June.
 
Education Committee – 11 June
 
Council meeting – 24 June
 
Audit & Scrutiny Committee – 25 June
 
These will all be “virtual meetings” and the respective clerks will be in touch with you soon to arrange a short test confirm your ability to participate.  Papers for the meetings will be issued electronically.
 
If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact me.
 
Kind Regards
 
Eamonn
Eamonn Daly
Democratic Services Manager
Department of Corporate and Community Services


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Sent: 26 May 2020 15:34
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Subject: Remote participation in meetings - guidance notes
 
Dear councillors
 
As you will be aware we are working towards the resumption of meetings.
 
Initially, meetings will be “virtual” with remote participation.
 
We will be using the Microsoft Teams platform to host meetings.
 
I appreciate that there are different levels of familiarity/experience with Teams and so to assist you we have produced 2 guides on how to participate in a Teams meeting.
 
The first guide is for those using a laptop, whilst the second relates to participation in a Teams meeting either by tablet or by phone.
 
I hope you find these helpful.
 
Having read the notes if you feel that you would like some training, please let me know and this will be arranged for you.
 
Kind Regards
 
Eamonn
 
Eamonn Daly
Democratic Services Manager
Department of Corporate and Community Services


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31/05/2020 17:37

Gillian, Andy quite a lot of info in this letter

Eamonn, in the letter there is now an expectation that planning committees are broadcast , either live or as a recording.

There is  also a suggestion that we should be supporting Community Councils to hold virtual meetings to allow them to comments on planning applications

Regards
Lorraine
 
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Sent: 29 May 2020 15:48
Subject: PLANNING PROCEDURES AND COVID-19
 
Good afternoon,

Please can I draw your attention to this letter “Planning procedures and COVID-19”, which gives a further update on recent actions to keep the planning system moving, some outstanding issues and some next steps towards planning working to support recovery. 

The letter also advises of an updated approach and timetable for NPF4.

The letter is also available to view at:

www.gov.scot/publications/coronavirus-co...ner-letter-may-2020/

Kind regards,
John McNairney,
Chief Planner
John McNairney |Chief Planner | Planning & Architecture | Scottish Government]]>
Public Forum Thu, 30 Jul 2020 12:06:51 +0000
Subject: Complaints against Giffnock Community Council - by: Newsline http://www.ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46768-complaints-against-giffnock-community-council?limit=6&start=6#46768 http://www.ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46768-complaints-against-giffnock-community-council?limit=6&start=6#46768
The following is from a Facebook page.]]>
Public Forum Wed, 22 Jul 2020 09:12:50 +0000
Subject: Are all local youth groups complying with the pandemic rules? - by: Newsline http://www.ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46754-are-all-local-youth-groups-complying-with-the-pandemic-rules?limit=6&start=6#46754 http://www.ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46754-are-all-local-youth-groups-complying-with-the-pandemic-rules?limit=6&start=6#46754
How are youth groups coping with the rules on social distancing.]]>
Public Forum Mon, 20 Jul 2020 16:43:46 +0000
Subject: New community angel for East Ren ? - by: Newsline http://www.ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46751-new-community-angel-for-east-ren-?limit=6&start=12#46751 http://www.ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46751-new-community-angel-for-east-ren-?limit=6&start=12#46751
It will be re posted in its entirety (unedited) very soon when we have possession of some important further information we are awaiting.

Don't confuse non activity with inactivity
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Public Forum Sat, 18 Jul 2020 15:54:56 +0000
Subject: Briefing Notes No. 146 - 17th. July 2020 - by: Ernhw Ltd http://www.ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46750-briefing-notes-no-146-17th-july-2020#46750 http://www.ernhw.org.uk/forum/2-public-forum/46750-briefing-notes-no-146-17th-july-2020#46750

Briefing Notes No. 146 - 17th. July 2020


“Let’s remove national politics from Local Authorities.” - Briefing Notes 2013

• Giffnock & Thornliebank Community Group.


FAO Lorraine Macmillan CEO East Renfrewshire Council
CC Gerry Mahon Head of Legal Services East Renfrewshire Council

Dear Mrs Macmillan,

We have been alerted to the existence of a group called Giffnock & Thornliebank Community Group.

Despite its formal sounding name and the use of the word “Community”, this appears to be an unregulated Group which, worryingly, refuses to disclose who set it up and who runs the group. Of much more significance is the fact that they appear to have ingratiated themselves with their local Boys Brigade. Youths from the Boys Brigade appear to have been taken by this group to litter pick.

Litter picking in these strange times should be left to the professionals. A discarded tissue it could easily contain the Covid-19 virus. We have seen many others warning about the dangers from drug users discarded needles being found and each of these two examples suggest this is dangerous exercise in which to involve members of the boys brigade and doubly so when photographs are allegedly being posted of the group in action with little or no Personal Protective Equipment visible. In addition to the normal PPE, we would suggest protective footwear would be appropriate to prevent a needle penetrating the sole of a trainer as well as suitable leg and arm coverings.

We are addressing this to the CEO and Head of Legal Services asking East Renfrewshire Council to step in as a matter of urgency to determine each of the following:-

1 Are the people behind Giffnock and Thornliebank Community Group fit and proper people to be involved with the youths of the Boys Brigade?
2 Are these people Disclosure Scotland compliant, vetted and approved?
3 Is litter picking by the public, presumably with little or no training or PPE equipment an activity which East Renfrewshire Council consider safe?
4 East Renfrewshire Council have control and responsibility for the Community Councils. What control and responsibility do they have over this group?
5 Can ERC establish if this group requires and carries appropriate insurance?
6 Are the ward Councillors aware of this group and can they shed light on whether the group are engaging in what might be considered as dangerous practices?
7 If ERC share our concerns will they contact Facebook and ask them to ban this group and all associated with it?
8 Will ERC bring this group to the attention of Police Scotland and Disclosure Scotland?

There was a landmark legal case this week where a full compliment of Judges at the UK’s highest court, The Supreme Court, unanimousely ruled that protecting Children took precedence of the rights of a paedophile. See: www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000lc1t/s...rt-judgment-15072020
That being clearly established, surely justifies legitimate questions being asked about this group?

We attach below the correspondence between the group and a concerned resident. It appears to us that they are wilfully hiding their identities and disingenuously and blatantly refusing to answer legitimate questions whilst trying to bully the enquirer to desist. They also admit to excluding anyone who asks legitimate questions about them from accessing their Facebook page.

Perhaps, in the meantime, parents whose children are members of the local Boys Brigade should be satisfying themselves as to the involvement, if any, of this group with their children.

If any of our subscribers can shed any light on who is behind Giffnock and Thornliebank Community Group, please email us with your information or concerns to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

We will of course report back with answers as they become available, anonymising our sources where appropriate to do so.

In the meantime stay vigilant, stay safe and keep well,

Briefing Notes]]>
Public Forum Fri, 17 Jul 2020 13:28:41 +0000